Clean Line Energy plans Oklahoma open houses on transmission project

The company's Plains and Eastern Clean Line project will take electricity from planned wind farms in the Oklahoma Panhandle to utility customers in Tennessee using a high-voltage, direct-current transmission line.
by Paul Monies Published: October 11, 2012

An electricity transmission utility that plans a high-voltage line across Oklahoma will hold a series of open houses over the next week..

Clean Line Energy Partners plans to meet with community members and landowners in 10 towns across Oklahoma from the Panhandle to eastern Oklahoma.

The company's Plains and Eastern Clean Line project will take electricity from planned wind farms in the Panhandle to utility customers in Tennessee using a high-voltage, direct-current transmission line. The 750-mile line is expected to be in service by 2017. The company said it is holding the open houses to gather feedback and answer questions about the project and the proposed route of the transmission line.

The route hasn't been finalized, but it will come from the Panhandle, cross north central Oklahoma and go toward Sallisaw in the east. The line will continue through Arkansas and end near Memphis, Tenn.

Clean Line has identified a network of potential routes based on its discussions with community leaders, landowners, government agencies and conservation groups. It's also been studying environmental and engineering data collected in the last two years.

Plains and Eastern Clean Line already has agreements with Claremore-based Pelco Structural LLC to manufacture the monopoles for the transmission lines. About half of the $2 billion project investment will be in Oklahoma.

Meetings were held earlier this week in Guymon, Beaver, Woodward, Fairview and Enid.

For more information on the open houses, call toll-free (855) 420-0607.


by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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The schedule:

Stillwater, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Meditations Cantering and Banquet Center, 1205 N Country Club Road, Stillwater.

Bristow, 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 12. Elks Lodge, State Highway 66 and Country Club Road, Bristow.

Okmulgee, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Okmulgee County Fairgrounds, 1901 Oklahoma, Okmulgee.

Muskogee, 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 16. Muskogee Civic Center, Room C, 425 Boston St., Muskogee.

Sallisaw, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Indian Capital Technology Center, 401 E Houser Industrial Blvd., Sallisaw.

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